This book should have been called Life of Bird Behaviour instead of Life of Birds as it deals with behaviour patterns rather than bird groups. There is disagreement between the dustcover and the forward as to how many species of birds there are. Iwonder how many authors read dustcovers to correct inaccuracies. The 10 chapters are very well written and illustrated as is expectedand cover a)to fly or not to fly b)the mastery of flight c)the insatiable appetite d)meat eaters e)fishing for a living f)signals and songs g)finding partners h)the demands of the egg i)the problems of parenthood andj)the limits of endurance. This the only book you will need on bird behaviour. The pages on sources of photographs (314-5) are very badly laid out
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